The Ummah is split, as was foretold by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) into sects. Why? Because shaytaan seeks to mislead us in little things – things that we don’t notice and mistake for being the truth and the right way of doing things. This is why it is so hard to convince those who belong to a sect, that what they are doing is tainted with innovations and actions that are not from Qur’an nor Sunnah.
Many people attack their fellow Muslims, saying “why do you keep on going on about bid’ah? There’s no harm in what I am doing! You wahaabi!!” This is typical of those who are ignorant in the deen. Bid’ah IN THE DEEN is extremely important and we must guard ourselves against it. It is not for anyone to invent acts of worship and attach it to Islam – if the Prophet (pbuh) didn’t do it, why are YOU doing it? Is there anyone in the world who is more perfect at practising the deen other than the Prophet (pbuh)? No. Then do not think you are doing good by claiming to invent new actions and new good deeds – this is bid’ah and every bid’ah is in the Hellfire, as we were warned by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) himself.
Aisha (ra) narrated that the Prophet (pbuh) said: “Whosoever introduces into this affair of ours (i.e. into Islam) something that does not belong to it, it is to be rejected.” [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]
“He who lives long enough will see many things which he will not recognise, therefore, hold on to my Sunnah and that of the rightly guided caliphs who succeed me; bite onto it (i.e., my Sunnah) with your molars. Stay away from innovations, because every innovation is misguidance.” (Ahmad & Abu Dawud)
‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood, may Allaah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet (pbuh) said: “I will be ahead of you in reaching my fountain, and there will be people who will be prevented from reaching it, therefore, I will say: ‘My Lord! These are my followers!’ It will be said: ‘You do not know what they innovated and altered after you.’ (i.e., after your death) Therefore, I will say: ‘Let those who altered (the religion) be kept away . (in a humiliated place).” (Bukhaari & Muslim)
We cannot hide behind excuses like “well, we are not the equal of the Prophet (pbuh) so we must do more good deeds.” This is a statement that leads many astray. We were shown how to be amongst the best Muslims and that is by strictly following the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – not by inventing new matters in the deen; not by doing dhikr to the extent that you claim to see visions of the Prophet (pbuh) or even Allah; not to the extent that you abandon other good deeds and obligatory deeds; not by fasting continuously; not by abstaining from your wives or halaal pleasures; not by following other pious people whom you then pray to at their graves and ask them to intercede for you. This is all wrong! You will not find the Prophet (pbuh) doing any of these things and you will not find the first 3 generations of Muslims doing this either. The Sahabas were role models of following the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) yet we do not raise them above their station. Do not do the same with others such as Abdul-Qadir Jilani or so-called saints and Walis of Allah – none of these are higher in status than the Prophet (pbuh) so follow the Prophet (pbuh), not anyone else; follow his Sunnah which has been captured in authentic hadith, not the quotes and sayings of those lesser than him.
How do we know what is a Bid’ah?
You need to do some research into things and not rely on being spoon-fed by scholars, imams and ‘pirs’ and ‘maulvis’. Be sincere in your search for the truth and Allah Will Lead you to the Truth. But to help you, here is some guidance:
- Any act of worship is based on a fabricated Hadeeth is a Bid’ah, like the prayer in the month of Rajab which is called the prayer of Raghaa’ib.
- Any act of worship which the Prophet (pbuh) did not perform, although there were no preventing factors is a Bid’ah, like uttering the intention before beginning the prayer, calling Adhaan for
any prayer other than the five obligatory ones or praying after finishing Sa’y between mount Safaa and Marwah.
- Any habitual act performed with the intention of pleasing Allaah which Islaam did not consider as an act or worship is a Bid’ah, such as for example: wearing coarse woollen clothes, continuous silence, refraining from eating bread or meat, not drinking cold water or standing in the sun, or performing khatims on the anniversary of someone’s death.
- Performing prohibitions acts with the intention of pleasing Allaah is a Bid’ah, such as singing songs about Him and performing music with Islamic lyrics – there is nothing in Islam which is founded in a bad deed (eg. music).
- The act of worship must coincide with the Sharee’ah in the reason for which it is done, or else it would be rejected. Therefore, celebrating Al- Mawlid is a Bid’ah because it is performed as a rewardable act, despite the fact that it has not been legislated.
- The act of worship must coincide with the Sharee’ah in its category. Therefore, it is not acceptable if a person were to slaughter a horse instead of a camel or goat as a sacrifice after Hajj.
- The act of worship must coincide with the Sharee’ah its quantity. Therefore, if somebody were to add two Rak’ah to the Dhuhr prayer, making a total of six Rak’ah instead of four, this would be unacceptable as it would not be coinciding with the Sharee’ah in its quantity.
- The act of worship must coincide with the Sharee’ah in the manner in which it is performed. Therefore, if someone were to begin their wudoo’ by washing their feet instead of their hands, then this act would be unacceptable.
- The act of worship must coincide with the Sharee’ah in the timing of its performance. Therefore, praying the Dhuhr prayer after sunset is unacceptable.
- The act of worship must coincide with the Sharee’ah i n the place it which it is performed. Therefore, one cannot perform stand on a mountain other than ‘Arafah during Hajj.
It is important not to worship Allah or perform deeds that you associate with Islam because this divides the Ummah, it divides you from your brothers and sisters in Islam.
“And do not be like those who became divided and differed after the clear proofs had come to them. And they will have a great punishment.” (Aal ‘Imraan: 105).
“And whoever opposes the Messenger after guidance has become clear to him and follows other than the way of the believers – We will give him what he has taken [i.e., make him responsible for his choice] and drive him into Hell, and evil it is as a destination.” (An-Nisaa’: 115).
“…This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favour upon you and have approved for you Islaam as a religion…” (Al-Maa’idah: 3).
“And [Moreover], this is my path. Which is straight, so follow it; and do not follow [other] ways, for you will be separated from His way. This has He instructed you so that you may become righteous.” (Al-An’aam: 153).
“[They are] those whose effort is lost in worldly life, while they think they are doing well in work.” (Al-Kahf: 104)
If your Brother or Sister in Islam calls you to only follow Qur’an and the authentic Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh), are they calling you to any harm? No! So why do you then not take heed of this advice?
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